More than 130 complain of altitude sickness, five evacuated
More than 130 mountain workers have complained of altitude sickness after reaching above 4,000 metres carrying loads for climbers.
According to officials and health workers stationed in the region, five patients were evacuated from the Khumbu region while more than 130 received treatment at the Everest base camp and Feriche (4,300 m) in the last three weeks.
Thaneshwor Bhandari, an official at Feriche-based Aid-post run by Himalaya Rescue Association, told this daily over phone that three patients, who suffered from high altitude pulmonary edema and high altitude cerebral edema, were evacuated to Kathmandu.
According to him, mountain worker Lal Bahadur karki, 18 was evacuated today.
“The medical facility has been receiving up to 10 patients daily and most of them complained of altitude sickness,” he said. The Aid-camp is being facilitated by volunteer doctors including Regula Babara Rutz, Claudia Duff, Chandra Sembiring Meliala, Cecep Badrutaman, Isabel Marie Algaze Gonzalez and Raidi Sanchez.
HRA, in collaboration with Everest ER opened a clinic yesterday as more than 200 base camp workers started fixing tents for world climbers.